Not all Canadian health care is long lines and lack of innovation. We found one place where providers offer easy access to cutting-edge life-saving technology, such as CT scans. And patients rarely wait.
But they have to bark or meow to get access to this technology. Vet clinics say they can get a dog or a cat in the next day. People have to wait a month.
~John Stossel’s latest column “Socialized Medicine Is Broken and Can’t Be Fixed” (Note: The overall Canadian median waiting time for CT scans is 4.3 weeks in the traditional 12 specialties and and 4.5 weeks for psychiatry, see Fraser Institute.)
Meanwhile, waiting times for “free” health care in Canada for humans keep getting longer, according to The Fraser Institute (see chart below, click to enlarge). Note that the median wait time for a specialist in Canada increasd by 138%, from 3.7 weeks to 8.8 weeks, in just the 13-year period between 1993 and 2006.
“Washington might have a love affair with ethanol for political reasons, but increasing ethanol production will only lead to higher taxes, higher prices for both food and fuel, and damage to the environment, making us all worse off in the process. Congress needs to say no to the ethanol hustlers and end its political addiction to corn.”
From my editorial in today’s Sacramento Bee, “Ethanol: Midwest Corn, D.C. Pork,” also appeared in the Fresno Bee, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, and the Charlotte News and Observer.
Greg Mankiw reports about how a group of UC Davis women faculty circulated a petition and pressured UC regents into rescinding an invitation to Larry Summers, the controversial former president of Harvard University, to speak at a recent board dinner in Sacramento.
Mankiw links to this article, which unfortunately grossly misquotes what Summers actually said. Here is what appears in the newspaper article:
In January 2005, Summers made controversial comments at the National Bureau of Economics Research Conference on Diversifying the Science and Engineering Workforce. There, he attributed the under-representation of women in science, math and engineering to, among other things, the “relatively clear evidence” that men and women differ in “overall IQ, mathematical ability (and) scientific ability.”
Here is a link to the transcript of what Summers actually said:
It does appear that on many, many different human attributes-height, weight, propensity for criminality, overall IQ, mathematical ability, scientific ability-there is relatively clear evidence that whatever the difference in means-which can be debated-there is a difference in the standard deviation, and variability of a male and a female population.
As the graph above illustrates, the average (mean) intelligence of males and females could be exactly equal, but the variability (standard deviation or variance) of male intelligence could be greater than the variability of female intelligence. Result: There are more males 3-4 standard deviations above the mean, and more males 3-4 standard deviations below the mean, which would mean that there are more male super-geniuses than females, and more male super-idiots than females. MIT math and science professors are typically 3-4 standard deviations above the mean, and males could be overrepresented in those groups because they are overrepresented in the top tail of the intelligence distribution (and the bottom tail).
Mankiw says that UC-Davis should be ashamed of itself, I say that the Davis Enterprise reporter Sharon Stello should be ashamed of herself for journalistic malpractice, for grossly misquoting and misrepresenting what Larry Summers actually said. Notice that she took two different parts of a long sentence, reversed them, left most of the sentence out, put those two parts together and made a completely new sentence, and in the process completely changed the meaning of what Summers actually said at the conference.
1. Caribbean Call Centers Booming: “In a global search for low-cost customer service, AOL considered call centers in India and other hotspots – then settled on the tiny island of St. Lucia.
In choosing the Caribbean island, AOL – a unit of Time Warner Inc. – joined other U.S. companies that have made the region a new global hub for call centers.
Plunging communication costs, workers who relate easily to American customers and the region’s famed hospitality are attracting American corporations, boosting the work force in the “nearshore” service industry in the Caribbean.
Note: Typical wage in Jamaica, one of the leaders of Caribbean “nearshoring,” with about 14,000 employees in the sector: $2.75 to $3.20 an hour.
2. Outsourcing Britain’s elderly to India: “First jobs were outsourced from Britain to India. Next it was healthcare, with hundreds of Britons travelling to leading hospitals in Indian cities for surgical operations and other medical procedures. Now another aspect of healthcare may be outsourced to India — that of looking after some of Britain’s elderly or disabled.
The reason is the same — costs are much lower in India.”
(Thanks to Sanil Kori)
1. NEW DELHI - Rising salaries for Indian software professionals will add to margin pressures at technology outsourcing companies in India, according to a survey released on Tuesday that showed wages rose an average of 18.7% this year.
The average annual salary for a software worker in India has risen to Rs620,000 ($15,500). The rise is slightly above the 18.3% salary increases recorded last year.
While salaries are still low compared with those of developed countries, margins at India’s information technology companies are also being squeezed by the appreciation of the rupee against the dollar. India’s biggest IT outsourcing firms generate most of their revenue from software exports to the US.
2. BEIJING – CONSUMERS in China’s cities have had it good for an unusually long time. During most of the past few years of double-digit economic growth, inflation—at least according to official figures—has been barely detectable. But data published this week show the biggest monthly rise in consumer prices for over ten years.
The latest figures were higher than many had expected. The National Bureau of Statistics said that consumer prices rose 6.5% in August compared with a year earlier, up from 5.6% in July.
According to a recent Zagat Survey, restaurants in London, Paris and Tokyo are about twice as expensive on average as New York and Los Angeles (see chart above), read about it here.
Thanks to Sanil Kori.